CALL THE MIDWIFE will return to PBS with its 2021 Holiday Special on Saturday, December 25 at 9PM (check local listings). In this special episode, Christmas 1966 promises to be memorable one. The Nonnatus House team are faced with their busiest Christmas Day ever as the Maternity Home is filled with expectant moms and challenging cases. Luckily Mother Mildred is on hand to support the team.
COMING ON 10/5:
* Charmed – Season 3 (ViacomCBS)
$34.99 SRP DVD MOD
EXTRAS: Gag Reel
—–Last season, the Charmed Ones (Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery) and their Whitelighter Harry (Rupert Evans) battled the Faction – a cabal of humans trying to steal magic for themselves, led by billionaire Julian Shea (guest star Eric Balfour). In this new season, Mel, Macy and Maggie will be forced to try and save the magical world from extinction, and navigate a mysterious magical allergy that’s keeping them apart, all while attempting to reestablish themselves in the real world…as a scientist, a student and a teacher. 4-disc set.
COMING ON 10/12:
* Black Lightning – The 4th And Final Season (Warner Archive)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD; $29.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD
—–In the fourth and final season, the super-powered Pierce family -Jefferson Pierce (aka Black Lightning), and his daughters Anissa (aka Thunder) and Jennifer (whose body generates electricity) – face the challenges of the declined urban community that is Freeland, including the war between Tobias Whale and the menacing gang The 100. 3-disc set in either format.
* Wild Bill – The Complete Series (BBC Archive)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–Six-time Golden Globe nominee Rob Lowe stars as a once high-flying US police chief, who relocates to East Lincolnshire, England to shake up the local police force…as well as his own life. 6 hours on 2 discs.
* McDonald & Dodds – Season 1 (BBC Archive)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–The ambitious DCI McDonald has swapped the mean streets of London to climb the career ladder in picturesque Bath. A tough, driven cop, McDonald cracks cases through sheer force of will. When partnered up with shy DS Dodds, the unlikely pair instantly lock horns over their different approaches to policing…and to life. 2 feature-length episodes running 3 hours on 1 disc.
COMING ON 10/19:
* Tiger – An HBO Original: Parts 1 & 2 (HBO Archive)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–From HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions in association with Our Time Projects comes TIGER, a two-part documentary illuminating in sweeping scope and vast detail the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global golf icon Tiger Woods. Single-disc title.
COMING ON 10/26:
* Superman: The Animated Series – The Complete Series (Warner)
$69.99 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: Superman: Timeless Icon (New Featurette) – An all-new bonus feature, produced specifically for the remastered Blu-ray release of Superman: The Animated Series, reveals the complicated journey of the show and those who created the new mythology for The Man of Steel, as told by producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba, writer Bob Goodman, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano, and Tim Daly & Clancy Brown, the heralded voices of Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively; A Little Piece of Trivia (Featurette) – So you think you know your Superman trivia? Wait until you hear about the series’ connection to Telly Savalas! A brain teaser to entertain every Superman: The Animated Series fan! Superman: Learning to Fly (Featurette) – Get into the minds of the creative team behind Superman: The Animated Series as they detail the birth of this animated version of Superman and his incredible worlds. Featured speakers include producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker; Building the Mythology: Superman’s Supporting Cast (Featurette) – The characters around Superman get the spotlight in this in-depth look at everyone from Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White to Maggie Sawyer, Lana Lang, and Ma & Pa Kent. Producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker give viewers the inside scoop; Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman (Featurette) – Your hero is only as good as the villains around him, and Superman: The Animated Series has a rogues’ gallery of top-grade baddies, including traditional opponents Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toyman and Parasite, as well as new villains created for the series – like Live Wire and Luminus. Producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, directors James Tucker and Dan Riba and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano give us a tour of the villains; The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman (Featurette) – Darkseid takes center stage in this examination of one of The Man of Steel’s most vicious adversaries, plus other Fourth World characters that appear in Superman: The Animated Series. The featurette includes producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami, writers Rich Fogel and Stan Berkowitz, director James Tucker and Charles Hatfield (Department of English, Cal State Northridge); Audio Commentaries: Stolen Memories – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Curt Geda and art director/producer Glen Murakami, The Last Son of Krypton: Part 1 – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami, The Main Man: Part 2 – producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami; Video Commentary: Mxyzpixilated – producer Bruce Timm, producer/writer Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and moderator Jason Hillhouse
—–Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), the Emmy Award-winning Superman: The Animated Series was the perfect follow-up to the landmark Batman: The Animated Series. Producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett elevated The Man of Steel’s animated presence with an imaginative, heartfelt look at Superman’s adventures in Metropolis alongside Lois Lane, and opposite the villainous likes of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, and more. This remarkable box set features nearly 21 hours of entertainment spread over 6 Blu-ray discs, including all 54 exciting episodes, which have been remastered from the original 35mm Interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio (4×3). Tim Daly (Madame Secretary, Private Practice, Wings) led the cast as Clark Kent and Superman, alongside Dana Delany (Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives, China Beach) as Lois Lane, David Kaufman (Danny Phantom, Stuart Little) as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown (Dexter, The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) as Lex Luthor. The star-studded cast included series regulars – and their characters – Lauren Tom (Angela Chen), Victor Brandt (Professor Hamilton), Corey Burton (Brainiac), Joseph Bologna (Dan Turpin), George Dzundza (Perry White), Brad Garrett (Bibbo Bibbowski), Shelley Fabares (Martha Kent), Joanna Cassidy (Maggie Sawyer), Lisa Edelstein (Mercy Graves), Mike Farrell (Jonathan Kent), and Michael Ironside (Darkseid). Notable series guest stars featured Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Dean Jones, Melissa Joan Hart, Robert Morse, Al Roker, Brian Cox, Jason Priestley, Peter Gallagher, David Warner, Michael Dorn, Christopher McDonald, Bruce Weitz, Andrea Martin, Miguel Ferrer, Ron Perlman, Bud Cort, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Laraine Newman, Nancy Travis, Xander Berkeley, Jonathan Harris, John Glover, Sandra Bernhard, Jack Carter, Ernie Hudson, Henry Silva, and Robert Patrick.
NOTE: Due to a slight delay in production, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) has pushed back the release of Superman: The Complete Animated Series by two weeks: the fully remastered Blu-ray box set is now arriving October 26th. The DVD format release of this title has been available since 2018.
* Time – Year 1 (BBC Archive)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–Mark Cobden is a husband and father like any other. Except that he’s responsible for the death of an innocent man. Tortured by visions of his victim, Mark welcomes his four-year sentence as penance for his crime. But in this brutal environment, a former teacher is an easy target for the more ruthless residents. Eric McNally is a dedicated prison officer, doing his best to protect those in his charge. And in an understaffed prison that’s brimming with tension, the inmates’ safety rests on a knife-edge. When a dangerous convict threatens to hurt someone Eric loves, this honest man faces an impossible choice. Single-disc release.
COMING ON 11/9:
* Ancient Aliens – Season 14 (Lionsgate)
$19.98 SRP DVD
—–Celebrating 12 years of extraterrestrial exploration, this season of HISTORY’s ANCIENT ALIENS takes flight with a special 2-hour crossover episode with HISTORY’s THE UNXPLAINED’s host, the ultimate “final frontiersman” William Shatner. Follow this season’s thrilling investigations – from the ancient civilization of Peru to the fascinating realms of genetics and harmonic code – and join ancient astronaut theorist Giorgio A. Tsoukalos as he reveals the Top Ten most mysterious sites and alien artifacts. Will this season finally uncover undeniable proof that we are not alone? 2-disc set.
COMING ON 11/16:
* Kevin Can F**k Himself – Season 1 (AMC)
$39.98 SRP DVD
—–Follows the story of Allison McRoberts (Annie Murphy), a woman we all grew up believing we knew: the prototypical Sitcom Wife. She’s beautiful and can take a joke (though she’s usually the butt of them). And she’s married to a guy who must’ve won some sort of marriage lottery, because she looks the way she does and he’s…funny. But what happens when we follow Allison out of her husband’s domain? When she finally wakes up to – and revolts against – the injustices in her life? Kevin Can F**K Himself breaks television convention and blends multi-camera comedy with single-camera realism to make us ask: “who and what have we been laughing at all of these years?” 2-disc set.
* Ultraman Dyna – Complete Series + Specials (Mill Creek)
$34.99 SRP DVD
EXTRAS: Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light, and Ultraman Dyna: Return of Hanejiro
—–The Year: 2017. Humanity has built settlements throughout the solar system to begin the conquest of unknown lands with new challenges and new dangers. This is the setting for our story. When the Martian settlement is attacked without warning by an immense insect-like monster, a colossal silver humanoid appears to battle the beast. The Super GUTS Team is a seven-person fighting force, as intelligent as they are courageous. Their task; to investigate unusual phenomena and protect mankind from overwhelming danger. Agent ASUKA of the Super GUTS Team, discoverer of the ancient secret ability to transform himself into a gigantic warrior with powers unknown on planet Earth, now ready to wage war against the marauding mastodons of destruction who would threaten humankind. 6-disc set.
* The O. Henry Playhouse – The Complete Series, Vol. 1 (ClassicFlix)
$17.99 SRP DVD
—–Now available for the first time on DVD from ClassicFlix: a long lost television anthology series spotlighting the works of one of America’s most beloved short story authors! William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name O. Henry, is celebrated the world over for his humorous writing style which is also noted for its surprise endings. His works include such classics as “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief”; and he was also the creator of The Cisco Kid! Executive producers Jack J. Gross and Philip N. Krasne (Big Town, The Lone Wolf) brought O. Henry’s prolific output to TV screens in 1957 with The O. Henry Playhouse. Academy Award-winning actor Thomas Mitchell (Stagecoach) portrays writer O. Henry himself in each episode as he describes his current story-in-progress to his publisher and others he interacts with. Directed by such Hollywood veterans as Bernard Girard and George Waggner, The O. Henry Playhouse – The Complete Series, Vol. 1 contains thirteen half-hour episodes that shine the spotlight on such timeless tales as “The Reformation of Calliope” and “Two Renegades”; and also features a glittering array of movie and TV stars in Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Carradine, Peggie Castle, Jackie Coogan, Ellen Corby, Johnny Crawford, Jim Davis, Dick Foran, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried, Lawrence Dobkin, Beverly Garland, Alan Hale, Jr., Louis Hayward, Jeanne Cooper, DeForest Kelley and Gerald Mohr. EPISODES (Presented in original broadcast order): The Reformation of Calliope, Man About Town, Sam Plunkett’s Promise, Two Renegades, The Marionettes, Fog in Santone, Hearts and Hands, Blackjack Bargainer, The World and the Door, The Guilty Party, A Ramble in Aphasia, Fourth in Salvador, After Twenty Years. 3-disc set.
COMING ON 12/7:
* Call the Midwife – Season 10 (BBC)
$39.99 SRP DVD
—–The midwife nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House welcome you back to their working-class corner of London in 1966, where bouffant hairdo’s and dark eyeliner are “in.” Trixie, Lucille, Sister Frances and Sister Julienne wrestle with new heartbreaks and challenges, from difficult deliveries and malpractice, to babies and mothers with high-risk illnesses and living conditions. Share the joy as wedding bells ring, England wins the World Cup, and Miss Higgins amazes everyone with her unexpected talent. Seven episodes to warm your heart, plus the 2020 Christmas Special and a Tenth Anniversary program, from the BBC. 8 1/2 hours on 3 discs.
NOVA “THE CANNABIS QUESTION”
Premieres: Wednesday, September 29, 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Explore the story of cannabis in the U.S., as 55 million Americans say they currently use cannabis, and that number is expected to grow with voters pushing for legalization in more and more states. From the criminalization that has disproportionately harmed communities of color to the latest medical understanding of the plant, see what risks cannabis may pose to the developing brain, how much we know about its potential medical benefits and the race to understand its long-term health consequences.
CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 10
Premieres: Sundays, October 3 – November 21, 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
It’s 1966, and it’s a testing time for the midwives. But there’s excitement, too, as the women’s rights movement intensifies. With Trixie’s help, Sister Julienne is determined to steer Nonnatus House out of its financial quandary. Dr. Turner deals with an array of difficult cases including a former soldier involved in nuclear test explosions. Sister Monica Joan experiences a crisis of faith. Sister Frances realizes she needs to be a little less spiritual if she’s to really connect with the local women.
NOVA UNIVERSE REVEALED
Premieres: Wednesdays, October 27 – November 24, 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
In this five-part series, NOVA delves into the vastness of space to capture moments of high drama when the universe changed forever. State-of-the-art animation gives us astonishing, photorealistic glimpses of the birth of a star in a stellar nursery, the chaos created as two galaxies collide, and the power of a supermassive black hole as it flings a star across space so violently that it’s still traveling 10 million years later. NOVA even takes viewers back on the ultimate time travel voyage, to witness the birth of space and time itself. Informed by huge advances in scientific understanding, the series brings us face-to-face with the most surprising characters in the cosmos and reveals how their fates are intertwined with our own. Take a ringside seat for the greatest show in the universe.
* Death in Paradise – Season 10 (BBC)
$39.98 SRP DVD
—–Celebrate your tenth year on the BBC’s stunning Caribbean island of Saint-Marie (Guadalupe) with more murders, mayhem, and marvelous guests. Will the surprise return of DS Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert) help allergic DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little, The Royle Family) adjust to island life? Other visitors – former DIs Richard Poole and Jack Mooney, and DS Camille Bordey – help the team unravel who poisoned an archaeologist, harpooned the host of a stag party, strangled a TV star, and stole the body of a lottery winner. JP tries to train an unruly new officer while anticipating the birth of twins, and Neville enters a crab-cooking competition. What a paradise! All 8 episodes. 7 1⁄2 hours on 2 Discs; SDH.
* Cagney & Lacey – The Complete Collection: 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (VEI)
$34.99 SRP DVD
—–Groundbreaking 14 Emmy award-winning television police drama starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as two female cops in serious portrayals of a tough profession. With contrasting personalities, each has a different perspective on both personal and professional situations. As the two tough women faced the challenges and triumphs as real women, not victims, they amassed a huge and loyal fan base. Includes all 7 Seasons + the Pilot + the 4 TV Movies: The Return, Together Again, View Through The Glass Ceiling, True Convictions.
NOTE: a version of this was available in the past, but had been discontinued; VEI is making it available again for customers who may have missed it
COMING ON 8/24:
* The Jim Gaffigan Show – Season 2 (ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
EXTRAS: Inside the Episode: The Calling; Inside the Episode: The Trial; Inside the Episode: Ugly; Inside the Episode: The List; Inside the Episode: No Good Deed, Pt. 1; Inside the Episode: No Good Feed, Pt. 3; Inside the Episode: He Said She Said; Inside the Episode: My Brother’s Keeper; Inside the Episode: Jim At The Museum; Inside the Episode: Bosom Buddies; Inside the Episode: The Mike Gaffigan Show; Food Truck; Yoga
—–The single-camera series is inspired by Jim Gaffigan’s real life, exploring one man’s struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) co-stars in The Jim Gaffigan Show as Jim’s wife, and cult comedy favorites Adam Goldberg (Fargo) and Michael Ian Black (Ed) also star as Jim’s best friend and his wife’s meddling confidante, respectively. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 9/14:
* Mare of Easttown – The Complete Limited Series (HBO/Warner)
$24.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD
—–As her life crumbles around her, a small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) investigates a local murder. The series explores the dark side of a close community, and provides an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present. Also stars Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, Angourie Rice, David Denman, Neal Huff, Cailee Spaeny, and John Douglas Thompson. Single-disc title.
NOTE: this title was announced on DVD format, for the same street date (and non-MOD), as part of our Roundup dated July 2nd
* Agatha Raisin – Limited Edition Halloween Pop-Up Collectible (RLJ/Acorn)
$24.99 SRP DVD
—–When Agatha launches her new detective agency, James suggests they investigate a legendary haunted house to drum up business. Single-disc title.
COMING ON 9/21:
* Back – Series 2 (BBC Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–After a lengthy spell in a wellness centre, Stephen returns to his provincial pub, refreshed and re-energised. Thankfully Andrew, the formerly-prodigal foster brother, has been managing affairs. But despite Stephen being back it’s not all plain sailing. Stephen’s sister Cass, resenting her mum’s relationship with young boyfriend Julian, packs up and leaves home. Blunt and uncompromising Uncle Geoff gets married and ‘re-greens’ his farm. Then the opening of a spectacular rival pub threatens the very future of the family business. Single-disc title.
COMING ON 10/19:
* Land Girls – The Complete Collection (PBS)
$59.99 SRP DVD
—–Follow the lives, loves, highs, and lows of members of the Women’s Land Army working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II. As men fought on the battlefields, women from all walks of life worked the farms that fed the nation, doing their part to keep the home front running. 6-disc set.
COMING ON 11/2:
* The Loud House – Season 3, Volume 2: Cooked (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$12.99 SRP DVD
—–The Loud kids promise to help their Dad come up with ideas for the grand opening of his new restaurant, Lynn’s Table. But their lack of teamwork and their crazy plans lead to a nightmare in the kitchen. Plus: Luna hopes to win a songwriting contest, Lori and Bobby try to bring their big families together for Thanksgiving…and so much more!
* Star Trek: Discovery – Seasons 1-3 (ViacomCBS)
$97.99 SRP DVD; $132.99 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: First 3 seasons of the hit franchise in one ultimate collection, plus over 6 hours of special features!
—–SEASON 1: Welcome to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Season One, an odyssey that unfolds a decade before the era of Star Trek: The Original Series. Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, formerly one of Starfleets’s most respected first officers…and now its first mutineer. A human raised as a Vulcan, Burnham learned early that “all life is born from chaos.” Her defiance of a direct order resulted in an all-out war with the Klingon Empire, and she was sentenced to life in prison – until Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) recruits her aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. Joining her on this dramatic, epic journey are Captain Lorca, First Officer Saru (Doug Jones), Chief of Security Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), Chief Engineer Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), and Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman). Together, their powers of logic, science, and compassion will meld on their quest for victory, survival and ultimately, peace in the universe. SEASON 2: After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, the U.S.S. Discovery welcomes aboard Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), and begins a new mission to investigate the meaning behind seven mysterious red signals. Michael Burnham grapples with her past growing up on Vulcan with her foster parents, and her brother Spock (Ethan Peck). SEASON 3: After following Commander Michael Burnham into a wormhole, the U.S.S. Discovery lands in an unrecognizable world 1,000 years in the future. With Starfleet and the Federation on the brink of collapse, due to a catastrophic event known as The Burn, the Discovery crew = with the help of new and mysterious allies Book (David Ajala) and Adira (Blu del Barrio) – must uncover what caused The Burn, and restore hope to the galaxy.
* Yellowstone – Season 1: Special Edition (ViacomCBS)
$29.99 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: Special Edition packaging also includes a collectible Dutton Ranch decal!
—–From the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water and Sicario), and starring Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner, Yellowstone revolves around the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest ranch in the U.S. that is under constant attack by those it borders: land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. This is a world where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. It is the best and worst of America, seen through the eyes of a family that represents both. The impressive cast also includes Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Danny Huston, Gil Birmingham, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, and many more.
* Yellowstone – Season 2: Special Edition (ViacomCBS)
$29.99 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: This season’s DVD and Blu-ray releases give you some of the most exclusive Yellowstone content out there, with an incredible vault of bonus features such as extended episodes, on-set footage, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes journey, AND an array of candid interviews from cast and crew. Special Edition packaging also includes a collectible Dutton Ranch decal!
—– Determined to protect his ranch and his family’s legacy by any means necessary, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) turns up the heat in the most epic season of Yellowstone yet. As the violence escalates and alliances shift, the ranch experiences some of its most dangerous affairs yet. Don’t miss out on a second of this wild second season.
* Yellowstone – Season 3: Special Edition (ViacomCBS)
$29.99 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: Go all in on this season with extended content and bonus features, including making-of featurettes, behind the scenes clips, never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew, and much more. Special Edition packaging also includes a collectible Dutton Ranch decal!
—–In the most explosive season of Yellowstone yet, John Dutton (Kevin Costner, two-time Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner) and his family must protect their land from new and old enemies, lead by Wall Street maverick Roarke (Josh Holloway). Threatened by betrayals, bad blood, and lucrative business deals, the Duttons form unexpected alliances and confront dangerous measures to safeguard their legacy.
COMING ON 11/9:
* Legends Of Tomorrow – The Complete 6th Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray Disc only)
—–Co-captains of the time-ship Waverider Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) have dealt with monsters, time anomalies, and most recently, villains from Hell. But this season they face something even more challenging and bizarre: space aliens! After one of their own is abducted by a ruthless alien, this new mission becomes personal. Fighting against aliens in the timeline while also working to bring back their missing teammate, it will take more than the combined powers of a dark magician, John Constantine (Matt Ryan); a semi-reformed arsonist and Waverider O.G., Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell); a historian who transforms into steel, Nate Heywood (Nick Zano); a fresh-out-of-Hell Astra Logue (Olivia Swann); and a brother-sister air-totem-wielding duo, Zara Tarazi (Tala Ashe) and Behrad Tarazi (Shayan Sobhian) to save the world (and beyond) for a sixth time. They must recruit a new Legend, a gun-totin’ Texan named Spooner (Lisseth Chavez), who was abducted by aliens when she was a child, and imbued with powers that will help the team defeat their intergalactic foes. Either that, or she’s just crazy.
COMING ON 11/23:
* Night Gallery – Season 1 (Kino-Lorber)
NOTE: this title is not available for pre-order as of this writing
EXTRAS: NEW Audio Commentary for the PILOT by Screenwriter/Historian Gary Gerani; NEW Audio Commentary for THE DEAD MAN/THE HOUSEKEEPER by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton; NEW Audio Commentary for ROOM WITH A VIEW/THE LITTLE BLACK BAG/THE NATURE OF THE ENEMY by Night Gallery Authors/Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton; NEW Audio Commentary for THE HOUSE/CERTAIN SHADOWS ON THE WALL by Film Historian Tim Lucas; NEW Audio Commentary for THE HOUSE/CERTAIN SHADOWS ON THE WALL by Author/Historian Amanda Reyes; NEW Audio Commentary for MAKE ME LAUGH/CLEAN KILLS AND OTHER TROPHIES by Filmmaker/Historian Constantine Nasr and Night Gallery Book Publisher Taylor L. White; NEW Audio Commentary for PAMELA’S VOICE/LONE SURVIVOR/THE DOLL by Novelist/Critic Kim Newman and Writer/Editor Stephen Jones; NEW Audio Commentary for THEY’RE TEARING DOWN TIM RILEY’S BAR/THE LAST LAUREL by Film Historian Craig Beam; THE SYNDICATION CONUNDRUM: A Look at the Show’s Troubled Second Life in Reruns – A NEW Featurette by Film Historian Craig Beam; Episode Guide Insert Booklet
—–Prepare for the chill of a lifetime as the master of suspense, Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone), hosts every spine-tingling episode from the complete first season of Night Gallery. Thrill to stories performed by Hollywood greats, including Joan Crawford, Ossie Davis, Larry Hagman, Diane Keaton, Roddy McDowall, Burgess Meredith, and Agnes Moorehead, and directed by cinematic masters like Steven Spielberg (Jaws) in this unforgettable series – available for the first time in HD, from 2K scans of the interpositives! Night Gallery: Season 1 also features top notch direction by acclaimed filmmakers Daryl Duke (The Silent Partner), Boris Sagal (The Omega Man), Barry Shear (Across 110th Street), Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2), Don Taylor (The Island of Dr. Moreau), with wonderful performances by John Astin, Diane Baker, Martine Beswick, Tom Bosley, Jack Cassidy, Godfrey Cambridge, Bert Convy, Phyllis Diller, Louis Hayward, George Macready, Raymond Massey, Joanna Pettet, John Randolph, Barry Sullivan, Torin Thatcher, William Windom, & many others. 2-Hour Pilot and six Season 1 episodes.
NOTE: in comments on their Facebook page asking about a Complete Series set, Kino-Lorber responds, “Season 2 and 3 are coming out separately in 2022. These restorations are not just expensive, but take lots of time to complete.”
DATE NOT YET ANNOUNCED:
* Call the Midwife – Season 10 (BBC)
$39.99 SRP DVD
—–It’s 1966, and it’s a testing time for the midwives. But there’s excitement, too, as the women’s rights movement intensifies. Interesting challenges lie ahead for Nonnatus House, as well as great celebrations when England wins the World Cup.
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Season 10 of the Critically Acclaimed British Drama “Call the Midwife” Premieres October 3, 2021 on PBS
Following the season finale, and in honor of the 10th season, a celebratory compilation episode, “Special Delivery,” will air on November 21.
[via press release from PBS]
Season 10 of the Critically Acclaimed British Drama CALL THE MIDWIFE Premieres October 3, 2021 on PBS
PBS Celebrates the Return of the Award-Winning Drama in its Tenth Year
ARLINGTON, VA (August 9, 2021) – PBS announced today that the beloved British drama CALL THE MIDWIFE will return for its 10th season Sundays, October 3- November 14, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS stations (check local listings). The seven-part series, commissioned in partnership with the BBC, which follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House in London’s East End, will air as part of PBS’s Sunday night drama lineup and will stream nationally on PBS.org and the PBS Video App. Following the season finale, and in honor of the 10th season, a celebratory compilation episode, “Special Delivery,” will air on November 21.
Season 10 opens in the year 1966 at a trying time for the midwives. But there is excitement too as the women’s rights movement intensifies. With Trixie’s (Helen George) help, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) is determined to steer Nonnatus House out of its financial quandary. Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) deals with an array of difficult cases, including a former soldier involved in nuclear test explosions.
Meanwhile, Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) experiences a crisis of faith, and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) realizes she needs to be a little less spiritual to really connect with the local women. Nonnatus House also welcomes four new pupil midwives, including Nancy Corrigan (Megan Cusack), who makes quite an impression. There are some interesting challenges ahead, as well as great celebrations when England wins the World Cup.
“PBS is thrilled to bring the landmark tenth season of CALL THE MIDWIFE to its passionate fanbase in the U.S.,” says Maria Bruno Ruiz, Vice President of Program Scheduling for PBS. “The series has become a Sunday night staple to viewers over the last decade thanks to the talent and creativity of the many women behind and in front of the camera, who’ve continued to find thoughtful ways to tell important stories about birth, death, love and community.”
“Over the past 10 years it has been an honor to see how adored the show is by audiences around the world, thanks to the talented Heidi Thomas and the brilliant work of our cast and crew,” says Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions.” We are excited for viewers across the pond to be swept up in the moving storylines of Nonnatus House and embrace much loved characters and welcome new ones too.”
To celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary, Weldon Owen will release A Labour of Love: Ten Years of Call The Midwife on November 2, 2021. Written by Stephen McGann, who plays Dr. Patrick Turner on the series, the book explores the moving and personal story of CALL THE MIDWIFE as told by the cast and crew.
CALL THE MIDWIFE stars Jenny Agutter (“The Railway Children,” “Spooks”) as Sister Julienne, Annabelle Apsion (“Shameless”) as Violet Buckle, Linda Bassett (“East Is East,” “Lark Rise To Candleford”) as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Ella Bruccoleri (“The Last Kingdom”) as Sister Frances, Megan Cusack (“The Cherry Orchard”) as Pupil Midwife Nancy Corrigan, Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille Anderson (“Danny and the Human Zoo”), Helen George (“Hollyoaks,” “Doctors”) as Nurse Trixie Franklin, Georgie Glen (“Waterloo Road”) as Miss Higgins, Laura Main (“Monarch of the Glen”) as Nurse Shelagh Turner, Stephen McGann (“Emmerdale”) as Dr. Patrick Turner, Judy Parfitt (“Little Dorrit,” Girl With a Pearl Earring) as Sister Monica Joan, Cliff Parisi (“EastEnders”) as Fred Buckle, Zephryn Taitte (“Brothers With no Game”) as Cyril Robinson, Fenella Woolgar (“Bright Young Things,” “Home Fires”) as Sister Hilda, and Vanessa Redgrave provides the voice of the mature Jennifer Worth.
CALL THE MIDWIFE will be available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. PBS station members can stream Season 10 early via PBS Passport on a weekly basis starting September 3. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.
CALL THE MIDWIFE is created and written by Heidi Thomas; Executive Producers are Pippa Harris, Heidi Thomas and Ann Tricklebank. The series is a Neal Street Production for BBC/PBS and is distributed internationally by BBC Studios in addition to the previous nine hit seasons.
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BBC Announces Two Further Series of Award-Winning Drama “Call the Midwife”
Series 12 and 13, commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, will consist of two eight-episode series and two Christmas specials.
[via press release from BBC]
BBC announces two further series of award-winning drama Call The Midwife
Two more series of multiple award-winning Call The Midwife have been commissioned for BBC One.
It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over. – Heidi Thomas
With series ten due to launch on Sunday 18 April at 8pm and series 11 about to commence filming, Call The Midwife will now be on air until 2024. Series 12 and 13, commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, will consist of two 8×60′ series and two Christmas specials.
Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Call The Midwife is celebrating its tenth anniversary series this year and continues to be one of Britain’s most popular and most watched drama series since it launched in 2012. The series attracts an enormous audience for BBC One, with its Christmas Specials achieving over 9 million viewers. Series nine was also the fourth biggest drama across all channels in 2020. The drama has won multiple awards across the decade for its depiction of challenging medical stories which are tackled by the nuns and midwives of Poplar.
Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, says: “It’s an incredible privilege to be able to look back on a decade of Call The Midwife, and yet know that our journey is still very far from over. We are thrilled to be going on for a few more years! Like Nonnatus House itself, we have a proud past but an even more exciting future – full of old favourites, fresh faces, higher hemlines, new ideas. The stories we tell are like babies – they never stop coming, we love them all, and we vow to do our best by every single one.”
Pippa Harris, Executive Producer for Neal Street Productions, says: “We are all delighted by this vote of confidence from the BBC, and are looking forward to delivering more laughter, tears and babies for our loyal fans. Over the past ten years it has been an honour to see how warmly the show has been embraced by audiences around the world, thanks to the skilful writing of Heidi Thomas and the brilliant work of our cast and crew.”
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, says: “The enduring popularity of Call The Midwife is a testament to the extraordinary love and creativity from its creator Heidi Thomas and its producers Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank. We are delighted to have secured the future of Call The Midwife for two further series beyond those which are currently in production, and look forward to enjoying more adventures for the inhabitants of Nonnatus House for years to come.”
Series creator Heidi Thomas continues to lead the writing team and serve as Executive Producer alongside Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank. Executive Producer for the BBC is Mona Qureshi with Ann Tricklebank as Producer.
Call The Midwife returns this Sunday at 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
CALL THE MIDWIFE Holiday Special (2020) premieres on Friday, December 25, 9:00-10:30pm ET on PBS (check local listings)
Everyone at Nonnatus House looks forward to a traditional holiday, but nothing goes quite to plan. Meanwhile, the Circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane.
This year’s Christmas Special is set in December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations with all the trimmings, but nothing goes quite to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift. Meanwhile, a surprise reunion for Shelagh involves her in a deeply moving birth, and the Circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences, and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane.
The Holiday Special cast includes: Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Cliff Parisi (Fred), Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Daniel Laurie (Reggie) and Zephryn Taitte (Cyril).
Filming Commences on the Christmas Special of “Call the Midwife’s” 10th Anniversary Series
Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One, the award-winning drama series will return in time for Christmas this year with a 90-minute special episode.
[via press release from BBC]
Filming commences on the Christmas Special of Call The Midwife’s 10th anniversary series
The door to Nonnatus House has been unlocked for filming to start on the Christmas Special of the tenth anniversary series of Call The Midwife.
Made by Neal Street Productions for BBC One, the award-winning drama series will return in time for Christmas this year with a 90-minute special episode.
Created and written by Heidi Thomas, this year’s Christmas Special is set in December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations with all the trimmings, but nothing goes quite to plan. Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital, and Trixie is incensed to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift.
Meanwhile, a surprise reunion for Shelagh involves her in a deeply moving birth, and the circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences, and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane.
As the production is taking place during the current Covid-19 pandemic, additional controls are being implemented. Call the Midwife’s production team and Neal Street Productions are committed to helping get the country back to work and have developed comprehensive protocols in accordance with current government guidelines to ensure that the series is produced in a safe and responsible manner. They have worked closely with industry bodies and the BBC to develop the detailed Covid-19 protocol policy, implementing various safety measures and testing and will keep it under constant review.
There is also a designated Covid-19 supervisor on set to look after the production’s safety precautions and efforts. The health and safety of the cast and crew is the highest priority. Due to the later than usual start to filming, series 10 in 2021 will consist of seven hour-long episodes instead of eight.
Dame Pippa Harris, Executive Producer, says: “Alongside the rest of the country, we have all been devastated to see how Covid-19 has affected people around the world. Our midwives and nurses may not be the front-line heroes of today’s NHS, but by getting back to work, they, and we, hope to bring some joy and respite into people’s lives.
“In such difficult times, the values of Call The Midwife seem more resonant than ever. In series ten we will continue to celebrate the skill and bravery of the UK’s NHS whilst bringing laughter and love into our homes.”
Heidi Thomas, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer, says: “Everyone is overjoyed to be whisking the dust sheets off Nonnatus House and getting back to filming after lockdown.
“It is a particular thrill to be able to deliver the Christmas Special on time, just as we promised at the start of the pandemic. We are very much a family at Call The Midwife, and like families everywhere, we have missed each other. We will now be putting more love and energy into our work than ever and can’t wait to share Series 10 with our fantastic, loyal audience.”
Mona Qureshi, Executive Producer for the BBC, says: “We are so delighted that the Call The Midwife team are able to re-assemble to bring us Series 10 for the new year, and that they will also be gifting us a Christmas special for 2020 – the warm embrace of the nuns and midwives of Poplar feels especially needed this year!”
The Christmas Special cast will include Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances), Helen George (Trixie), Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Leonie Elliott (Lucille), Stephen McGann (Dr Turner), Cliff Parisi (Fred), Annabelle Apsion (Violet), Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Max Macmillan (Timothy), Daniel Laurie (Reggie) and Zephryn Taitte (Cyril).
Call The Midwife is created and written by Heidi Thomas, Executive Producers are Pippa Harris, Heidi Thomas and Ann Tricklebank. Executive Producer for the BBC is Mona Qureshi with Ann Tricklebank as Producer. The Christmas special and episode one will be directed by Syd Macartney. Call The Midwife is a Neal Street Production for BBC/PBS. BBC Studios distribute the series internationally.